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A hot, muggy and rainy weekend hopefully will clear up in time for Memorial Day picnics and pool parties, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

“The probability of showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast pretty much through Sunday,” meteorologist Deb Elliott said Thursday. “The greatest chance of those showers looks to be around Sunday afternoon, where it pops up to about 50 percent, mostly north of Detroit.

“It stays around 30 to 40 percent over the southeast Michigan area (on Sunday) so that’s somewhat encouraging.”

Meteorologist Sara Schultz said Memorial Day is expected to be clear with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s.

The holiday weekend will kick off Friday and Saturday with hot, muggy conditions and temperatures in the mid 80s, Elliott said. There is a 30 to 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon.

Come Sunday, temperatures should cool off a bit into the low 80s, with muggy conditions sticking around.

“Humidity is going to be high, so it’s going to be muggy feeling,” Elliott said. “It’s not going to be a comfortable heat.”

Even “low” temperatures each day will stay above 60 degrees, she added.

Although the weekend threatens to bring spotty thunderstorms, none are expected to be severe, Elliott said.

“With showers, it can be a little bit tricky, especially during the afternoon when you get that increase heating,” she said. “They tend to sort of pop up randomly. It’s not a great forecast for Memorial Day weekend, but it’s not as bad as it could be.”

But conditions can quickly change, Elliott said. She warned vacationers to keep their eye on the developing forecast — especially boaters.

“People need to know that if they’re out on the water and they hear thunder or see lightning, they need to get off the water,” she said. “Even if they’re not on the water, they need to get indoors.”

Metro Detroiters shouldn’t be fooled by a storm that appears to be miles in the distance.

“The storm doesn’t have to be right over you (for a lightning) strike. It can hit 20 to 30 miles away,” Elliott said. “It’s called a ‘bolt from the blue.’

“People get this false sense of security because they see the storm in the distance,” she continued. “But if you can see it and hear it, you need to move.”

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Nicquel Terry contributed

Extended forecast

Friday: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Friday night: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Saturday: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Saturday night: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Sunday: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Sunday night: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

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